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best gluten free corn tortillas

3-ingredient gluten-free corn tortillas are easy to make and super quick! Our chef will take you through this process in no time at all!
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white corn masa packaging, a red package with illustrated white corn stalks

Our chef is often asked if she can make corn tortillas with cornmeal. The answer is always the same. Nope. Nada. It’s just not the same as masa. So, what is the difference between cornmeal and masa harina (masa flour)? It is corn flour, right? Technically, they’re both made from corn, but the way they’re processed is quite different, and they’re generally best used in various recipes, with some exceptions. Cornmeal is ground dried corn and is often reasonably coarse in consistency and usually is found for purchase in color varieties of yellow or white in color. The corn in masa harina is soaked in food-grade calcium hydroxide to make hominy. Masa harina is also available in types of yellow or white. It is a matter of flavor preference. Yellow has a more pronounced corn flavor. White is a more subtle corn flavor. It is made into masa dough for tortillas and tamales by adding liquid. One can also fold a small amount of masa harina into yeast-risen loaves of bread or rolls for a dose of nutty, buttery richness. Yes, masa is gluten-free, and ours is made in a dedicated gluten-free facility! So, let’s make tortillas!

Grab a bag of our corn masa. Any color will work. A tortilla press is recommended, but a rolling pin will work in a pinch. One will also need a heavy cooking pan with a 7-inch cooking surface.

A stack of corn tortillas folded on a wooden cutting board

Best Gluten-Free Corn Tortillas

2 cups Panhandle Milling white or yellow corn masa

1 ¼ cup water

¼ tsp salt

Directions:

  • Mix ingredients in a large bowl until a smooth dough forms that does not stick to your hands.
  • Cover with a moist towel to keep moist.
  • Divide dough into 16 portions. Cover to keep moist.
  • Flatten each ball between two sheets of wax paper, using a press for tortillas, and start making the tortillas about 5-inches round.
  • Use parchment paper or heavy plastic wrap. You do not have to use a tortilla press, but it takes a lot less time and energy to use one. Once the tortilla is ready, cook on a hot grill for 1 minute on each side.
  • Keep the tortillas in a covered tortilla warmer until service.